The Faulkner women's basketball coaching staff has had an active spring, adding five players to a roster already foundationally strong with a solid core of returnees. Head coach Reed Sutton and assistants Kat Kundmueller and Sarah Hughes continue their quest to build a championship-caliber program, and the newest Lady Eagles certainly fit into their required mold – which includes a strong work-ethic, a commitment to academics and the ability to compete at a high level.
"In the process of becoming a championship team next season we needed to improve our current players this spring and add depth at the guard positions through recruiting," Sutton said. "Our staff feels like we have had our best spring so far in both of those areas - improvement and recruiting. We are certainly excited about next season."
Here is a capsule look at the newest members of the Faulkner women's basketball program.
Bady Brown, Hooper Academy, Hope Hull, Ala.
Brown, a 5-11 forward, was an AISA all-state selection, posting numerous double-doubles for the Lady Colts.
Coach Sutton on Bady: "We are excited to get a local player of Bady's caliber. She is a worker who plays hard on every possession. She is a strong post who can play facing the basket or with her back to the basket. She is a great rebounder and defensive finisher."
Tanya Cooper, Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Grant, Ala.
A 5-9 sharpshooter, Cooper averaged double figures her senior season and made over 40 percent of her shots from behind the arc. She was selected to the all-county team.
Coach Sutton on Tanya: "Tanya is a great pickup who will give us great depth in the future. She is a top-notch shooter who you can't leave open and she will take some heat off of our post players. We are excited she chose to come next year."
Kylie Moore, Arab High School, Arab, Ala.
Moore, a 5-8 wing who was an honorable mention 5A all-state selection, helped lead the Knights to the regional finals last season. Her AAU team – the Alabama Twisters – placed fourth nationally in the summer of 2011.
Coach Sutton on Kylie: "We are really pleased that Kylie is coming to Faulkner. She is a strong, tough-minded wing that can attack you and score or get to the free-throw line. If you back off of her she can shoot the open 3 at a high percentage. As she works at it this summer and next season, I think we will see her come along quickly. We feel like she is a great overall fit for our program and will have a great career here."
Shamonte Lanfair, transfer from Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, Birmingham, Ala.
Lanfair, a 5-9 guard who was a 1,000-point scorer at Shades Valley High School, initially signed with Alabama A&M but ended up playing her first collegiate season at Northwest Shoals Community College. After NSCC dropped its program after the 2010-11 season, Lanfair transferred to Hill College, where she averaged 11 points and five rebounds a game last season, and was a second team all-conference selection.
Coach Sutton on Shamonte: "Shamonte is an impact player for us. Her addition, along with fall signee Shannon Evans, in the back court combined with our current core of guards makes us as talented and deep top-to-bottom as anyone in our conference. She is a tall, athletic guard that takes pride in shutting down an opponent's best player. This will help us as we gave up too many big games last season to big time guards. She has great range offensively and can open up the floor with her ability to shoot from deep. She runs the floor extremely well which will fit in with our fast-paced offense. She also brings a vocal leadership and competitiveness that will help us in practice every day. Shamonte has been a winner everywhere she has played and that is no accident. We brought her in to help us get to the next level."
Megan Ausdran, Baylor School, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Ausdran, a 5-10 versatile wing player, was her high school team's leading scorer and rebounder and has the ability to step out and short from behind the arc.
Coach Sutton on Megan: "Megan is a great fit for Faulkner. She has the ability to develop into that key four guard spot that we need in our program when we run our motion offense. She is someone that can face up, feed the post, and shoot the 3 on offense but can defend an opponent's secondary post player if they go big. As her skills develop and her confidence grows we may find that she has the greatest potential of anyone in this class."